A recent study on 276 adults comparing the effects of patients undergoing an eight-week meditation program with those who took escitalopram, a widely-prescribed anti-anxiety drug, found that both practices yielded equal results. For Elizabeth Hoge, director of Anxiety Disorders Research Program at Georgetown University, this is eye-opening, "The fact that we found them to be equal is amazing because now that opens up a whole new potential type of treatment." Hoge says that mindfulness-based intervention practices could be used to supplement anti-anxiety medications. For one, medications yields immediate treatment while medication is a skill that requires time to practice.

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